IS SOMETHING NASTY BREWING for Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail?
On 10 August, 2013 there was a meeting of former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahimwith former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and former Commercial Crime Investigations Department chief Ramli Yusuff.
It has been more than a month since retired Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim made a statutory declaration on Malaysia’s loss of Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore and sent copies to several people, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak – and he wonders why no action is being taken.
The former top cop is concerned that there has been no action in any way from Najib for his call that a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) be established to investigate the matter.
Mat Zain told Malaysiakini that it appeared to him that Najib was protecting Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and ignoring his call in his SD, which was made on Oct 7, in which pressed for a tribunal against Gani for his alleged misconducts as well as for an RCI on the Pulau Batu Puteh matter.
“If a senior federal minister can be charged with murder and convicted, if a Lord President of the Supreme Court can be brought before a tribunal and be removed from office and disgraced, and if an IGP can be charged with assaulting a detainee and fined and jailed… what is so great about this Gani Patail?” Mat Zain asked.
Mat Zain said it appeared to him that for Najib, Gani ought to be protected at any cost, even to the extent of destroying the credibility of all the essential government institutions.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refused to comment on a statutory declaration (SD) that speaks of a meeting at his house at which Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail’s supposed wrongdoings were raised.
Mahathir said he would only elaborate on the matter once he has seen the full SD by former CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim, who was present at the meeting on Aug 10.
“I haven’t seen it. You mean he (Mat Zain) made a statutory declaration? I haven’t seen it, so I am not prepared to comment because when reporters ask me, sometimes they do not get the facts right.
“So, after I have seen the statutory declaration, I will be prepared to answer your questions at length,” Mahathir told journalists when asked about the matter in Putrajaya this evening.
Asked point blank if there was a plot to remove the attorney-general, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know about that.”
How is it that in the face of reports of the attorney-general (AG) having allegedly employed CIA agents, the prime minister maintains a “stone’s silence”?
“The recent allegations by Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the AG’s Chambers employed two CIA agents are shocking indeed and require an immediate response from Prime Minister Najib Razak as well as Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Coming in the wake of the reports exposing a global spying network by the United States, Australia and other countries conducted on Malaysian soil about which the PM till today has remained absolutely silent, this latest expose is nothing if not shameful and scandalous,” said Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
AG Gani should be suspended over alleged misdeeds, says Anwar
November 10, 2013
Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail should be suspended immediately in the wake of allegations purportedly made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the AG’s Chambers had employed two American agents.
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the allegations were shocking and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should give an immediate response on the issue to either clarify the allegations or deny them.
“The recent revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden which exposed a global espionage network by the United States, Australia and other countries conducted on Malaysian soil has been nothing short of alarming,” Anwar said in a statement today.
“However, Najib has remained silent about the issue and the latest allegations are shameful and scandalous. As the country’s leader, Najib should step forward and clear the air,” he urged.
Anwar said Gani also owed the public an explanation on the allegations surrounding him and his office. Anwar added that there were also other allegations of Gani’s illegal and conspiratorial activities linked to his office.
Former city Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim had lodged numerous reports which contained damning allegations against Gani, Anwar said. The AG’s failure to deny these allegations means he is culpable of the alleged wrongdoings and he should be suspended from office immediately.
EXCLUSIVE In 2008, the late Sultan Mahmud Iskandar told the Johor legislative assembly: “Let us be reminded that I will not forget Pulau Batu Puteh… Pulau Batu Puteh is not Singapore’s, it belongs to Johor. It does not matter how long it may take, I will find a way to get back the island…”
Five years later, a former high-ranking police officer is spearheading an attempt to nudge the government to bring those allegedly responsible for losing the island to account.
That person is former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim, a quiet and media-shy former top police officer whose career was intertwined with politics after he was assigned to investigate Anwar Ibrahim’s infamous black eye, after he was sacked as deputy premier in 1998.
Since his retirement, Mat Zain has embarked on a personal mission to send open letters to the powers-that-be, urging them to take action against allegedly corrupt government officers involved in Anwar’s first sodomy trial.
This time, he is taking it a step further, on Batu Puteh – or Pedra Branca as the Putrajaya now prefers to call it – by penning an extensive statutory declaration (SD) about new information he has received on the matter.
Malaysiakini has sighted the SD and was informed by Mat Zain that a copy of it has been submitted to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
Call for RCI
In his SD, Mat Zain states that his purpose of penning the document under oath is to convince Putrajaya to establish a royal commission of inquiry over the loss of Batu Puteh to Singapore.
In the SD, Mat Zain also calls for Gani to be suspended and urges Najib to set up a tribunal to probe the AG for alleged misconduct – a course of action that the former top cop has suggested before.
When contacted for his reaction to Mat Zain’s allegations, Gani told Malaysiakini: “Publish it at your own risk.”
FOR BACKGROUND TO THE PULAU BATU PUTEH
In the first of a two-part exclusive report, FMT looks at the history of the Pulau Batu Puteh dispute which Malaysia lost to Singapore. The two Singapore lawyers who were involved in the case give their views in a book they wrote.
By Stephanie Sta Maria
KUALA LUMPUR: Before Limbang and Tanjung Pagar, there was Pulau Batu Puteh (PBP).
The once innocuous island became a blemish on Malaysia’s history in 2008 when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded its sovereignty to Singapore and granted Malaysia sovereign right over another maritime feature, known as Middle Rocks.
‘Pedra Branca: The Road to the World Court’ (henceforth referred to as Pedra Branca) provides a compelling narrative of Singapore’s preparations and presentation of its case before the ICJ. But it also provides a startling account of Malaysia’s conduct during the court proceedings.
According to the authors, Malaysia displayed a “certain sense of desperation” that saw it resorting to questionable tactics.
These tactics involved deliberately mis-translating a text, suppressing parts of quotations used to support its arguments, as well as producing a distorted photograph of PBP that showed it nearer than it actually is to the coast of Johor.
It was precisely these stratagems that confirmed prominent lawyer Karpal Singh’s suspicion that Malaysia only had itself to blame for losing the coveted island.
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PAS Youth wants the authorities to begin a thorough probe into allegations of misconduct made against attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and, should there be sufficient evidence, a tribunal to be set up on the matter.
PAS Legal and Human Rights Department deputy chairperson II Ahmad Zamri Asa’ad Khuzaimi made the call said this following Malaysiakini‘s report on a high-level meeting among former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, and several former top officers on Gani’s alleged misconduct.
“With the revelation about the meeting, it seems the AG is facing a ‘trial by media’ following the allegations thrown at him. PAS and other opposition parties had in the past raised Gani’s questionable action and behaviour in his job as the AG,” Ahmad Zamri said.
“Pakatan Rakyat leaders have in the past been victims of `selective prosecution’ by Gani. We have seen extremist groups such as Perkasa, which is close to Umno/BN, escaping the strong arms of the law despite raising sensitive racial and religious issues.”
Attorney General’s position under threat? Reportedly in Dr M camp’s sights
Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s position as the Attorney General appears under threat as reports and sources say former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has met several people to discuss the top government lawyer’s misdeeds.
The speculation is based on a meeting attended by Dr Mahathir, former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim and prominent lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
News portal Malaysiakini reported that three months ago, Mat Zain received a surprise phone call from Shafee to attend the meeting.
EXCLUSIVE Three months ago, a former senior police officer received a surprise phone call during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, urging him to attend a meeting with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
That call was from Umno-linked lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah and the retired top cop was former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigations Department director Mat Zain Ibrahim.
Following this, on Aug 10 – three days after Hari Raya – Mat Zain met Shafee (left) at the lawyer’s office-cum-residence in Bukit Tunku.
At the meeting, the duo discussed the “misconducts” of attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, including the highly-publicised international case on Batu Puteh – the island off Johor that Malaysia lost to Singapore in a legal dispute before the International Court of Justice in 2008.
Several hours later, Mat Zain and Shafee proceeded to meet Mahathir at his residence in Country Heights, Kajang. The former PM had apparently just arrived back from his home state of Kedah.
Joining the meeting were Mahathir’s former political secretary Matthias Chang and former Commercial Crimes Investigation Department director Ramli Yusuff, who also briefed Mahathir over his run-ins with Gani.
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